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DISCLAIMER. MOUNTAIN BIKING CAN BE DANGEROUS. YOU JOIN US AT YOUR OWN RISK.

SAFETY BRIEFING.

  • Wear a helmet. Despite recent advances in medical science, brains still cannot be mended nor replaced.
  • Wear gloves or mitts. Hands often hit the ground first. Cuts and grazes invite infection and a hospital visit.
  • Wear eye protection, it only takes a twig or thorn to lose an eye. Crud catchers are a good idea in mucky weather.
  • When downhilling, for your own protection, allow plenty of space behind the rider in front.
  • Bring a bare minimum emergency tool kit and a spare inner tube.
  • Breakdowns are a bore. Plan not to have any by ensuring your bike is in perfect working order.
  • Punctures are also tedious. You can minimise them by fitting latex tubes, slime tubes or running tubeless tyres.

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What3words

A few weeks ago some of us spoke about the What3words app - if you don't know it, it breaks the world down into 3m squares and allocates 3 unique words to each square. The emergency services use it now to find locations that do not have addresses. It could be very useful to those of us who find themselves crashing bikes in the dark, far from anywhere...

My brother used it recently in Derbyshire when he found a horsey lady who had fallen and couldn't move. A helicopter arrived on the scene in minutes.

We recommend it for all of our field workers too now.

https://what3words.com/products/what3words-app/

Re: What3words

As recommended by Tony

A friend of mine was rescued from a cliff in Yorkshire when fog came down, by what 3 words.

I use it too for deliveries.

TomR